Schwarzkopf Nordic Blonde - L1 ++ Ultimate Lightener
L1 ++ Ultimate Lightener
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Ultimate Lightening Cream from 6 to 8 shades, suitable for light brown to dark brown hair. With Strengthening-Complex & Calcium, cares for the hair while lightening. Intensively bleaches the hair giving it a beautiful bright blonde tone and transforms the hair to a luminous, radiant blonde. The specially developed conditioner with Strengthening-Complex reinforces the hair from within and provides lasting protection, for hair that is noticeably softer and shinier.
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Rating: Feb 28, 2015 7:00am
It does dramatically lighten, but at a cost to your hair
My hair is mid to dark brown & is almost waist length. I colour my hair in an unusual way: I've got very pale blonde streaks at the temples where I've got a lot of grey coming through, the rest of my hair is dyed brown (level 6) but I've got ombré ends. The ombré ends aren't as pale as the temple streaks, but I tried my best to get it even. No matter which bleach product you use, the roots always go paler than the lengths because of the heat from your scalp, so you've got to apply product to the lengths first, then after a while apply to the roots. The instructions are easy to follow, gloves & purple toning conditioner are included. I prefer to use a tinting brush & bowl than the applicator bottle. It really pays to do a small colour preview strand to fine tune the application time for your ends compared to your roots. You don't want a two-toned effect.
My ends are a fairly light blonde but very damaged. I can't wash & wear without looking quite frazzled. Heat styling is out. I've been repurchasing this for a while because it's affordable, available everywhere & it does the basic job, but I regret using this on my ends. Don't do what I did & bleach over brown dye. (I've since discovered strippers & colour removers). I recommend using Nordic Blonde Lightener only on virgin hair. I'll continue to bleach just the temple streaks which haven't been touched by dye. Even these areas are dry & damaged after lightening, but not as badly as my ends.
I found it hard to rate this product. It does the job of getting my hair light blonde, but the ends of my hair are very damaged & need constant masks & conditioning treatments I'm considering trying a different brand for my next purchase BRAND RESPONSE: Hi misfortune8,
Thank you for taking the time to feedback about the Schwarzkopf Nordic Blonde Lightener. We are disappointed you found this product unsuitable and apologise for any inconvenience to you.
We would like to assure you that the ingredients in all of our products are tested thoroughly during the production stage and stringent performance evaluation and extensive market research is conducted before the products are made available in retail outlets. We are therefore confident that our products are capable of delivering the results listed when used to its directions.
As everyone’s hair is different, it is reasonable to expect that some products will be better suited on the hair, than others. Your opinion is important to us and we appreciate you taking the time to let us know about your experience using Schwarzkopf products. As a leading Haircare Brand this information allows us to constantly upgrade our products and packaging to deliver to you the best quality products for your needs.
From your comment we are unsure of the suitability of your hair and your expectations of the product. May we suggest you call our free Advice Line Monday to Friday on 1800 022 219 to discuss this with you personally.
Once again we apologise for any inconvenience.
• ALWAYS do an allergy test;
• You REALLY need to do a strand preview test because hair at roots & lengths develops at different rates;
• Use a timer.
• Lightening hair from 6-8 shades;
• Use on virgin (undyed) hair.
Rating: Feb 20, 2015 10:11am
I've used this product twice. Yes, because my hair is naturally very dark, I have yellow/brassy tones, but since I'm using this purely as a lightener for dying it another colour, I'm not worried. The thing that worries me is that because my hair is so thick and long, two bottles was apparently not enough either time, so I've got a cap of yellow, and then just brown from my ears down. Great product, but I recommend getting three or four bottles if you have very long, very thick hair.
If you want to use Nordic Blonde L1++ to go blonde, get a blonde hair dye to put in a few days after using this product. Get extra bottles if you have long, thick hair.
All hair types and colours.
Rating: Feb 1, 2015 11:13pm
My in between product !
When I can't get to the hair dressers this is what gets me through until my next visit. It does exactly what I want it to do for my light brown honey blonde roots as I'm usually a platinum blonde. Sometimes if I feel it still looks a bit yellow rather than a white blonde I add live silver toner to the roots and use Matrix blonde shampoo.
Leave on for at least an hour, after then it stops working anyway.
Re-growth or light brown to honey blonde hair only, otherwise ladies with brown or dark brown hair will end up with a orange colour.
Rating: Dec 17, 2014 5:15am
Un-natural looking blonde
My hair had been bleached previously three times professionally before I used this product , I decided to use this due to the fact each salon visit was costing me $200+ and because of all the good reviews I had read about this. My natural hair is dark brown almost black , when I used this product my roots had grown through quite a lot and the rest of my hair was a yellow blonde tone
with a lot of orange/copper undertones underneath. I applied this to my roots for the same time (45 minutes ) as the the rest of my hair which was the biggest mistake I made as my roots were white and the rest of my hair was even more yellow then before. I also had a few very light blonde bits in my hair before and they turned yellow as for the orange/copper undertones in my hair this product did nothing to help that and the orange bits stayed the same colour . As a result all up from using this product I ended up with very un-natural looking yellow hair with white and orange roots. I will now be going back to Priceline tomorrow to get a chestnut brown shade to cover this hideous yellow
- I would urge everyone who uses this product to apply to roots on the last 10-15 minutes of the lightening process otherwise you will end up with ether very light roots or even orange/yellow roots compared to the ends of hair
- please don't use this product if you already have a dark shade or medium shade of blonde. Go for a less stronger lifting Lightener
- if you have orange tones in your hair don't use this as it won't work . Use blue bleach instead and follow up with an ash blonde hair dye as both of these products get rid of orange tones
- have a box of blonde hair dye preferably ash blonde or natural blonde , and a blonde toner on hand just incase (although this Lightener does have a small packet of blonde purple toner that comes with it )
People who have never died their hair before or had it bleached :)
Rating: Sep 15, 2014 11:24am
My go to product
I love this stuff, when I was younger I coloured my hair black for a few years, loving the dark gothic look, now being older I know black does NOT suit me at all, I wanted to go blonde, so I began using this product and going through the lightening process. Obviously having coloured black hair, after using this product my hair went a yellow/orange colour which is to be expected! I left it that colour for a month or two and used deep conditioning treatments to help repair some of the damage before I used another bleach, which then took my hair to a platinum blonde colour :) Granted some area's were patchy but i then went over it with an ash blonde colour and it looked great! Don't be disheartened if your hair goes an orange/yellow colour, it is to be expected and is all part of the process :)
I personally wouldn't leave on for more than 30 minutes but if your hair isn't that damaged then it may be okay for up to 45 minutes.
Anyone wanting to lighten their hair
Rating: Aug 4, 2013 1:21pm
Awesome Lightener, That Works On Any Hair Colour!
I'm a natural read head, sure I have dyed my hair a few times, yes there was currently colour in my hair, but my roots had grown back a considerable amount, when I used this in my hair it even made the roots go blonde, the colour my hair went from it was a nice honey blonde.
I would reccommend this to anyone! It worked so well in my hair and my natural colour wasn't even on the box!
If you are a natural read-head, I know the box sais a certain amount of time but go by the longest amount of time on the box then leave in for an extra 30mins-1hour, it didn't hurt my hair, it made it a nice honey blonde and i'm highly satisfied with it.
Red hair, brown hair, black hair or even blonde hair! It works great.
Rating: Mar 27, 2013 8:13pm
After bleaching my black hair multiple times with bleach (peroxide), I finally reached a somewhat blonde colour, and opted to use a less harsher product to lighten my hair. It worked wonderfully, and I got compliments on how great the blonde looked! I have recommended this product to many of my friends and they love it too. :)
Rating: Mar 15, 2013 12:47pm
I used this product to go from brown to blonde hair a few times but I really wouldn't recommend it for that, I would only use this if I had dark-medium blonde hair and wanted to go a few shades lighter, it causes a lot of damage to get the job done but it is bleach so what else can you expect, I would recommend going to your hairdresser for any dramatic colour changes.
Rating: Dec 21, 2012 8:46am
It works mostly!
I have brown - light brownish hair and i tried just doing streaks with this. It worked on some of my streaks and they went about the same blonde as on the box, but a majority of them just went ginger. A couple of days after i originally dyed it, I went out and bought the same stuff again and went over the same ones that went a gingery colour. After that, all the streaks were the same blonde as on the box :) i'm very happy with it now!
Going over the same parts that went gingery probably isn't very good for your hair, but it does get the right colour. My hair is naturally really curly and it didn't go too frizzy or damaged, which i was surprised with really.
Avoid dying it really close to your scalp as it starts to sting a little but, so leave about 1cm at the top.
Rating: Sep 27, 2012 8:14pm
IT WORKED!! .... mostly
I'm a natural brunette, and I've been wanting to do something crazy and drastic with my hair for a while now and usually you have to bleach before any of the real results will occur.
I didn't want to fully bleach my hair nor did I want to go to a salon to get it done...being a student has many downsides financially, so I thought why not Nordic, although on the box it does say that for dark brown to black coloured hair it will only have a lightening effect it didn't worry me too much as long as it did something!
First thing I noticed was it had a grainy feel, I wasn't sure if that's how it was suppose to be so I prayed it would work. After a few minutes I could see yellow, I nearly did a happy dance, after about 45 mins I washed my hair dried it a little and had a look at my new colour. I had dyed my hair a really really dark brown a month or more beforehand so I essentially had my roots look like the colour on the box and about 5cm from that a clear line of difference, the rest of my hair was a copper colour. So that was the lightening effect, the box said about. Definitely be aware of that if you have dyed some of your hair black.
I did use the Toner in the same brand and didn't see too much difference of my copper colour but it's been a few weeks and after using a 'Bleach Blonde' shampoo and conditioner, my hair is healthy and I really like the different colours. I was after something wild and crazy and it definitely gave it to me. Although I was thinking more pink and purple :-/
Medium Brown and lighter should see a real blonde effect, but make sure you have toner just in case it's too yellow for your liking.